Advice: Writing Process 1
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The First step
The First Draft
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National Novel Writing Month
When one is writing two forces are fighting each other for control. Your Muse and Your Inner Editor. These two figures can be pictured however you want, but they are constantly clashing into one another, the creative and the sensible.
How these two are pictured differs from person to person. For me:
My Muse: she is a fairy named Musa who has earphones around her neck and is constantly on a sugar rush. She flies around and shoots ideas off at a billions miles an hour. Sometimes, her ideas make no sense and other times she'll leave to go on a vacation leaving me with some tough writer's block to handle.
My Inner Editor: she is a grouchy old librarian. I don't know why she is, since I've never met a grouchy old librarian in my life (in fact I usually befriend them), but Ms. Ryte is always "right" and is constantly shooting ideas down. "That's pointless", "How are you going to make that work?", or "Really? Are you really typing that?"
The trick to a successful first draft is to lock that Inner Editor up. Banish him/her from your mind and just focus on putting those random words and ideas onto a piece of paper. Once they are there? THEN you let the Editor out and you fix things so it all makes sense. For now? You have to get that first draft our and lock up that editor so your muse can fly.
Talk to you soon, Natasha Rayne
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The Author of the Dream vs Reality series and student at AFNORTH International High School.